Me and Finn have been going to Gardening Club since March and we love it. I love the fact that we are both learning something new together.
We go once a week for an hour, it’s £5 but for this you get a plant or craft to take home, a cookie and drink for Finn and a coffee for me. I find it really good value compared to some classes.
We usually have colouring in at the start, followed by planting which we normally try and get outside to do and an activity like making plant pots or a treasure hunt. The session always ends with snack time and singing.
So far we have planted broad beans, potatoes, onions, beetroot, leek, swede, strawberries, Rosemary, runner beans, peas and carrots. We have also made plant pots from newspaper and made scarecrows and plant markers.
Before we started I was clueless about gardening but had wanted to start a vegetable patch for a while. I’m really glad that we have started going as I’ve found I’ve really enjoyed growing all the different plants.
I also see from the older children, who have been going for a while, how much they know about gardening and how excited they get. I think it’s lovely as so many kids don’t spend enough time outdoors. I think anything that encourages them to enjoy being in the garden is a bonus.
I know from looking around a few garden centres offer something similar so it’s definitely worth checking out your local one.
We are very lucky as close to us in Chester, we have a lot of days out and activities suitable for toddlers. These are the current places we love to visit.
We live about 10 minutes away from the Zoo and are annual pass holders, we love it. We are lucky as we can pop in for an hour or 2 or spend the day there. The recent addition of Island’s means there’s lots more to discover as well. I’d definitely recommend a visit if you haven’t been.
Chester City Centre
I never really thought of the city centre as child friendly until I had Finn, but there’s plenty to do with kids. We like to go to the Wesley Centre which is a church with a café and a play area for children and toddlers. We also love Grosvenor Park and will have a picnic there if the weather is nice. Finn then loves to go on the swings and we walk down to the river and feed the ducks.
Greenacres Animal Park
This is a lovely farm located about 15 minutes away from us. It has a petting area which Finn loves he has bottle fed a baby goat and petted a snake, owl, rabbit and a skunk. There are plenty of animals to see, a play park and a soft play area.
We love soft play centres on a rainy day. Finn is a typical toddler with plenty of energy so when we can’t get out I take him to a play centre so he can burn some energy. He loves the slides and ball pools. There are quite a few choices near us and they often do free days in term time.
Cheshire Ice Cream Farm
The Ice Cream farm is another attraction we are lucky to live about 15 minutes drive from. I have done a full review of the Ice Cream farm Here. There’s a soft play, a park, a farm, a sand and water play, mini golf, go carts and plenty more. Not to mention the Ice Cream. I’d definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.
I recently made this Fake Snow for Finn, it was so easy to make and fun to play with. It was mouldable like Snow but crumbled back easily so can be used over again.
- A can of shaving foam or gel
- Baking Soda about 300/400g
I started by putting a full tub of baking soda into the box (200g).
I then slowly squirted in the shaving gel, mixing it as I went along. I used the whole can of shaving gel.
I then added more baking soda a bit at a time until it had the texture of snow.
It will look like this when it’s done. I then sprinkled in glitter and mixed it together. Due to the baking Soda when its first made it will expand when you mix it together so it’s best to play with it straight away.